Discussion on merits of Islamic banking to be organised at Oxford on Feb 18

By TCN News,

Oxford, UK: The Oxford Union and the Oxford Islamic Banking and Finance Society will be hosting a panel discussion by Harris Irfan and Tarek el-Diwany on February on how Islamic finance can or cannot fit into the spectrum of solutions with which to deal with the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

US media sees Modi 'brought down to earth'

By Arun Kumar,

Washington: While US officials refrained from comment on Aam Aadmi Party's massive victory in Delhi elections, the New York Times saw "A Defeat for Prime Minister Modi" in the results.

"Fresh from the diplomatic high of a successful summit meeting with President Obama, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been brought down to earth by domestic politics," the influential US daily said in an editorial. "Ordinarily, elections in New Delhi would not draw international attention," the Times said.

Two Indians jailed for involvement in Singapore riots

Singapore : Two more Indian nationals in Singapore were sent behind bars Tuesday for their involvement in the December 2013 riots in the Little India area of this city state, media reported.

Rajendran Mohan, 26, and Sathiyamoorthy Sivaraman, 27, were respectively awarded 27-month and 25-month jail sentences for their involvement in rioting, Today Online reported.

Mohan pleaded guilty Tuesday while co-accused Sivaraman pleaded guilty in September last year.

Mohan committed an offence of mischief against a motorbus.

British Muslims protest peacefully against Prophet Muhammad cartoons

London : Thousands of British Muslims gathered Sunday outside the gates of Downing Street (the headquarters of the British Government and the official residence) to protest against cartoons showing Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine, news agencies reported.

The protest comes weeks after two terrorists attacked the offices of Hebdo magazine which had published images of the Prophet, killing 12 staff and wounding 11 others.

Retired Indian army officer helping build industries in Africa

By Francis Kokutse ,

Accra (Ghana): One hardly sees former Indian army officers in Africa’s business arena. But Col. (Rtd.) Raj Kalra from New Delhi is an exception and is bringing a new dimension to Africa's industrial development.

Kalra has brought his academic and professional experience to Ghana and is keen to make a difference to the country’s industrial development. So far, he has proved to be a businessman with a passion that is changing the face of industrial development quietly in Prampram, a coastal settlement, 60 km east of the capital, Accra.

Five killed in US shooting

Washington: A shooting in the US state of Georgia has left five people dead, media reports said Saturday.

Five victims, including children, were found when police were called to the scene, located at Willow Tree Circle in suburban Atlanta county of Douglasville, around 3 p.m. Saturday, WXIA-TV Atlanta quoted Douglasville county sheriff's Glenn Daniel as saying, according to Xinhua.

The shooter was found injured and was transported to a hospital, the report said.

The victims were found lying on the street and inside a home.


Texas allows Sikh policemen to sport beards, turbans

Washington: In one of the biggest goodwill gestures to one of the largest communities in the US -- the Sikhs -- the state of Texas has allowed on-duty Sikh officers to sport essential Sikh religious symbols like beards and turbans.

According to a Washington Post report Friday, the decision of the county sheriff of greater Houston fulfilled one of the long standing demands of the Sikhs and made the county's police force one of the first few in the nation -- along with those in Washington DC and Riverside, California -- to permit Sikhs to wear their “articles of faith” on patrol.

Taiwan plane crash: Public mourning Feb 10

Taipei : A public memorial ceremony will be held Feb 10 in Taiwan's capital Taipei to mourn the victims of the TransAsia Airways flight that crashed Wednesday, officials said Saturday.

Flight GE235, en route to Kinmen from Taipei with 53 passengers on board, crashed in the Keelung river Wednesday after its wing clipped a taxi on an elevated freeway 10 minutes after takeoff, Xinhua news agency reported.

At least 35 people, including 25 tourists from China, were killed.

Seven passengers and one flight attendant are still missing.


UN concerned over Yemen's political crisis

United Nations: The UN Security Council has expressed grave concern after the Shia Houthis announced that they were taking over Yemen and dissolving parliament.

The Council called "in the strongest terms" on all parties, in particular the Houthis, to abide by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative, the National Dialogue Conference outcomes, and the Peace and National Partnership Agreements which provide for a Yemeni-lead democratic transition, Xinhua reported Saturday.

After Obama's shots, NYT asks Modi to break his 'dangerous silence'

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : As President Barack Obama's comments that religious intolerance in India would have shocked Mahatma Gandhi raised a storm in India, the New York Times asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to break his "deafening silence."

Mahatma Gandhi's legacy is an inspiration for the US too, said the White House, while a bipartisan commission praised the president for his "timely comments" and the State Department said it encouraged all governments around the world to respect religious freedom.